How to set up spooling for a HP JetDirect interface?
Ole Holm Nielsen
Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Thu May 6 06:57:58 GMT 1999
Regarding SAMBA printing problems to HP JetDirect:
We use HP printers with the JetDirect network card and
they work very well. However, the print spooler on Linux
(RPM lpr-0.35-0.5.2) as well as the one on AIX 4.2.1 have a
problem when the JetDirect card doesn't respond while it
is processing a job: The AIX print queue hangs, whereas
we find that jobs are lost in the Linux spooler. Try to
send two large print jobs from Linux to a remote JetDirect,
and you will probably find that the second job vanishes.
As a workaround, we send Linux print to a remote UNIX
spooler that doesn't loose jobs. On AIX we restart the
queue from crontab by this undocumented command (from
IBM support): /usr/bin/qadm -U [queuename]
One UNIX spooler that doesn't have a problem with
JetDirect's non-responsiveness is the one in an old
SunOS 4.1.3 machine. I trust that HP-UX will work, too.
> Tulipant-Gergely at dbrt.hu:
> > I've set up Samba and LPRng for HP printers with
> > JetDirect cards. It works for one user at a
> > time. But if the printer is off-line or busy, the
> > samba client does not get an error message, but
> > the job gets lost. :( I would like the print
> > jobs to be spooled on Linux even when there is an
> > active print job or when the printer is off-line.
> > Unfortunately I'm not familiar with lpd.
> Well. When remote printer server does not response,
> lpd spools message. I have not hear that jobs
> are lost althoug we have several HP printers with
> JetDirect cards.
Ole Holm Nielsen
Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark,
Building 307, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
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